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Visual Pathways Serving Motion Detection in the Mammalian Brain

Author(s): Alice Rokszin | Zita Márkus | Gábor Braunitzer | Antal Berényi | György Benedek | Attila Nagy

Journal: Sensors
ISSN 1424-8220

Volume: 10;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 3218;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: dorsal stream | ventral stream | ascending tectofugal system | caudate nucleus | posterior thalamus | motion detection

Motion perception is the process through which one gathers information on the dynamic visual world, in terms of the speed and movement direction of its elements. Motion sensation takes place from the retinal light sensitive elements, through the visual thalamus, the primary and higher visual cortices. In the present review we aim to focus on the extrageniculo-extrastriate cortical and subcortical visual structures of the feline and macaque brain and discuss their functional role in visual motion perception. Special attention is paid to the ascending tectofugal system that may serve for detection of the visual environment during self-motion.
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